ashwood486's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Jay
Beneficiary's Name: Kathy
VJ Member: ashwood486
Country: Colombia

Last Updated: 2011-02-12
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Immigration Checklist for Jay & Kathy:

USCIS I-129F Petition:      
Dept of State K1 Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

K1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Bogota, Colombia
I-129F Sent : 2009-10-29
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-11-02
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-02-11
NVC Received : 2010-02-17
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2010-02-20
Consulate Received : 2010-02-25
Packet 3 Received : 2010-03-09
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-03-10
Packet 4 Received : 2010-03-16
Interview Date : 2010-04-12
Interview Result : Administrative Review
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result: Approved
Visa Received : 2010-06-03
US Entry : 2010-06-11
Marriage : 2010-08-20
Comments : The embassy requested more evidence for my fiance's son, also that I attend the second interview in May. Visa approved after 1 hour interview.
Married on Ocean Isle Beach Aug. 20 2010
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 101 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 161 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Fort Lauderdale
POE Date : 2010-07-11
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : I think they fell in love with my fiance, they treated her nice. She was shocked at how easy this entry was for her and her son.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Pittsburgh PA
Date Filed : 2010-09-09
NOA Date : 2010-09-21
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-10-07
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2011-01-25
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-01-25
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2011-02-08
Comments : Great office to deal wtih

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2010-09-09
NOA Date : 2010-09-21
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2010-11-05
Date Card Received : 2010-11-13
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 57 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2010-09-10
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2010-11-13
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 55 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bogota, Colombia
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 22, 2010
Embassy Review : I will try to describe the process for us with hopes of helping someone else. My finace had her first interview with it ending a request for more evidence for her son and a request for me to attend the second interview. We had a good hotel close to the embassy. Our hotel provided free airport and embassy transportation. The name is Hotel American Dream. I think some things at the embassy are very professional others need some attention. Most of the people are very nice a few lack some people skills. The process started at 6 am in line they processed us checking our new evidence and gave us a appointment to return at 1 pm for the interview. They called my fiance,I naturally went to the window with her, I was promply told to go sit down. I do not have a problem with this, I still do not understand the next comment. I walked away and stood out of site from the interviewer just thinking of another cup of coffee, I was 10 feet from the rows of chairs standing in a court yard. The interviewer spoke to my fiance to tell me to sit dowm in the chairs. I really do not understand this but, I smiled and said OK no problem. I was able to speak with everyone else who was being interviewed and waiting for one. The question process lasted about 20 minutes for my fiance, asking questions about me such as,
1. What sports do I like
MY favorite food?
Questions about my family, my work,
What I do on the weekends when I am not at work.
What my hobbies are?
The women ask when we had sex for the first time, and then wanted to know when we had sex the last time.
I even spoke with another couple who were questioned seperatly if they used a condom.
What do you plan to do on your honeymoon? Our seperate answers were, we can't plan a honeymoon until you give us a visa, the women smiled then.
What is our favorite food. What she does for a hobby?
They wanted to know about our families and how much money I send her, how often, how much we speak to each other, what methods we use.
I have all this evidence but they do not want to see it. I offer more proof they say no.
Everyone needs to understand you need to know personal information about each others likes and dislikes because they will ask.
They ask about our communication and my spanish, her English.
They never wanted anymore information such as evidence of a relationship during either interview. They only had the original packet I sent with the I29F to Vermont, of course they wanted the 325 and financial information. They never wanted tax returns at any point.
I guess it was a good experience we did not have to stay at the embassy all day, we came back at 12:15 and was told to come back more close to our interview time around 1 pm.
I hope this helps someone more later and good luck
Jay and Katy
Rating : Moderate

Local US CIS Office Review: Pittsburgh PA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : February 12, 2011
Embassy Review : We stayed at a great Hampton Inn about 30 minutes from the office in Washington PA. We started the day out by missing my step son's interview at 9:30am and was late for my wife's interview at 10:00am. We were so lost in Pittsburg and we allowed 1 hour extra for problems. I will say to not forget your GPS to find this office. The office treated us great we explained the problem and they said everyone gets lost trying to find the office. We were treated with the greatest respect, the agent talked to us like he was part of the family. He listened to storys about our experience with the embassy and the school system with my step son. He ask us a few formal questions and said you are approved. He gave us advice on evidence to submit when we applied in 2 yrs and wished us good luck in the future. The whole time in the waiting room and interview took about 25 minutes. I would recomend this office for anyone and to not worry about to much trouble or a bad experience. The agent told us our experience with the embassy was because the state department had different rules on everything and his office with Homeland Security handled things different. I hope this helps and good luck.
Harassment Level : Very Good

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